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Thanks to all who joined us at the Partnership Party

THANK YOU!  Our 11th Annual Partnership Party was an amazing night because of your generous support.  We’ll be posting pictures soon of this memorable, heartfelt night at the JX Event Venue.

We celebrated the final appearance of Duke, the horse sculpture made by Michael Finch, a 10th grader at Stillwater Area High School. Michael got a standing ovation from the crowd when he talked onstage with host Bill Lunn. Our Live Auction was one of our best to date and our Special Appeal really seems to have resonated with our community. Our generous donors at the gala helped us raise funds for an initiative to implement a new program called Yoga Calm in every elementary school.

Click on the Yoga Calm logo below to see a video describing the results of a Yoga Calm pilot project in Lake Elmo Elementary School this year. You’ll see why lots of teachers are clamoring for this program. It teaches students specific techniques they can use to self-regulate their behavior, and it has a built-in kindness component that gives students practice with complimenting one another. If you haven’t already, please consider a donation to support this important program.

Congratulations to the Partnership Award winners!

We’re delighted to announce the eight winners of this year’s Partnership Awards,  which honor exemplary teachers and staff of Stillwater Area Public Schools.

They are: Julie Haddad, teacher at Brookview Elementary; Stan Spain, special education teacher at Lily Lake Elementary; Glenn Boettcher, science and agriculture teacher at Stillwater Area High School; Nicole Malone, math teacher at Stillwater Middle School; Tim Foster, retired 6th grade teacher; Jeff Ranta, retired biology and astronomy teacher; Teri Randazzo, Birth to Three Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Early Childhood Family Center; and Tate Schoeberlein, behavior specialist for all District schools.

more details about the Partnership Awards

Announcing the Spring Grant Cycle

The Partnership Plan is accepting applications from teachers for classroom grants that would be executed during the 2018-19 school year. We’re looking for applications from teachers with a great idea to make learning deeper and more engaging in the classroom. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 23. More information and link to the online application form.

It was a great 10th Anniversary of Da Vinci Fest

We were delighted that Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined us at the 10th Annual Da Vinci Fest, our celebration of art and science. It’s an opportunity for students to show their talents and smarts in a Science Fair, Art Fair, Film Fest, Spoken Word and Science Challenge events. But it’s also a big community event with educational exhibits, demonstrations and performances.

Sen. Klobuchar helped us kick off the Stillwater Science Challenge, an on-the-spot science competition in the manner of the Science Olympiad. Before that, she spoke about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education in the economic competitiveness of the country.


As usual, there were incredible science projects and works of art by the students of the St. Croix Valley. Here’s a LINK TO THE WINNERS of the Art Fair, Science Fair and Science Challenge.

You can click on our gallery of images from photographers Tom Voight and Kelly Lombardi to see the images captured from the day!

The Partnership Plan Sponsors

Rivertown Inn
Lake Elmo Bank
Southill Dental
Paiement Law Office
First State Bank
Andersen Windows
Lakeview Hospital
Kraus Anderson
The Oral Surgery Center
Gov Docs
Edina Realty/Steve Smillie
Twin Cities Orthopedics
St. Croix Dermatology
Retail Construction Services
Pediatric Dentistry
Eckberg Lammers
Sletten Brettin Orthodontics

In Kind Sponsors

Vickey Weiss Photography
St. Croix Tents
Square Lake Film & Music Festival
Rose Floral
Parent Company
Action Rental